Paris BRP police division has arrested a pimp, alongside seven others who allegedly flies young Argentinian boys to Paris and force them into prostitution under the threat of black magic.
The 43-year-old man identified as Andrea Chichi was arrested as he tried to board a plane to Buenos Aires with hundreds of thousands of euros in his luggage. The other seven people were arrested in Hauts-de-Seine, not far from the western Paris park. They are suspected of managing the dozens of prostitutes brought into the country from Argentina.
Chichi is being accused of forcing 90 boys into the illegal trade and threatening to use black magic on the boys if they tried to leave.
"Chichi pretended he could use black magic and would threaten to put a curse or spell on any boys who expressed a desire to leave. He had a stranglehold on everyone in the network," a police source said.
Their operation allegedly involved 'recruiting' young boys from the province of Salta, in western Argentina, putting them up in a hotel in Buenos Aires and advising on various surgical procedures to make them more appealing to clients.
The surgery was allegedly carried out by an accomplice called 'Lorena,' the Local said.
Once trained and remodelled, the young boys were allegedly flown to France where two transvestite 'lieutenants' would manage them and send them to solicit sex from clients in the park.